Oh Man, You Need To Go To Oman
Oman is known for its rich history, stunning architecture, mosques, museums, and so much more. Most travellers only have a week or so, and to truly appreciate Oman – you really have to fit a lot in. So if you have a few days, and an appetite for culture then here are some of the things to see and do in Oman. As well as general travel tips.
Ras Al Jinz
In Eastern Oman, you will find this gem. It is a beautiful space where around 20,000 female endangered green turtles come every year to lay their eggs. The beach is stunning, and the crystal waters are a sight to behold. You will be able to peacefull observer the little green turtles digging their way out of the sand and heading back to the sea. Or see the mothers nesting and laying eggs. There are a number of early morning tours that you can book a place on.
The National Museum of Oman
This awe-inspiring museum was founded in 2016 in Muscat. It has a display of Omani heritage. It comes in at a rather large and impressive 13,700 square metres and has several galleries. They bring the exhibits about the history and culture of Oman to life with substantial electronic monitors. The galleries are:
- The Land and People
- Maritime History
- Prehistory and Ancient History
- Splendours of Islam
- Arms and Armour
- And more
Royal Opera House
This might be one of the most opulent buildings in the world. The Royal Opera House was built in 2011 and is in Shatti Al Qurum, Muscat. While you are inside, you might consider the space to be more of a palace than an opera house. It offers a range of international performances.
Located in Eastern Oman, near Muscat the Bimmah or Dabab sinkhole can be visited. The sinkhole was formed because of the dissolution of the lower layers of limestone. The surface layers then collapsed and what is left is the more clear turquoise waters you can hope to see. The rocky formations that encases the sinkhole are interesting to look at, and it is one of the most beautiful things you can expect to see.
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
You don’t have to have any religious affiliations to appreciate the shining golden domes, the engraved walls, or the incredibly unique lamps and chandeliers. The mosque is an architectural wonder that can be appreciated by many.
This bustling and beautiful souq is situated in the Governorate of Muscat. It is a traditional market and has several small shops that sell Omani products. You’ll be entranced with the vibrant fabrics, the glistening gold and silver and the clothing too. It is worth visiting for a few hours, and certainly, somewhere you should be taking your camera too.
If you are a fan of getting to know a place by hiking around it, then Majilis Al-Jinn is the place for you. This is the second-largest cave chamber in the world. It is located at around 1,380 meters above sea level, and there are only a few places where you can enter. The rock formations and the sun shining through gaps above make this a unique experience for adventurers and hikers alike.
Sands of Rub’ Al Khali
If you’re fond of sand dunes and salty air… Then you are going to want to take the time to visit the sand dunes of Al Rub’ Al Khali. It is one of the most oil-rich places in the world and has an expansive 650,000 square kilometres of desert, of course, you’re going to need a safari guide to help you make the most of it, and stay safe too.
Al Hamara Ruins
If you have a soft spot for ruins, then this is the place for you. You can explore ruins that are between 700-1000 years old. One of the most interesting things is that no one really knows how old they are. This isn’t usually on the list of things tourists do when they visit Oman, so you are unlikely to bump into other tourists here. Budget plenty of time for exploring and pack plenty of water.
All of those amazing things to do aren’t going to make your heart sing if you skip over the practical points of visiting Oman. So here are some useful tips to help you make the most of it.
Oman is renowned for having a deep respect for its culture and traditions. While you are there, you should try to dress reasonably conservatively. You will see women in long dresses and a scarf that covers their head. While the men wear a dishdasha and a traditional cap. While you won’t have to wear traditional clothing, modesty and not showing too much skin is the most respectful thing to do.
The local currency is the Omani Rial. One Omani Rial is equal to roughly 2-3 pounds or dollars, but you’ll need to check the exchange rate. And, one Omani Rial is equal to 1,000 basias – which is another smaller currency. Tipping isn’t customary, but like anywhere if you like the service then do so.
Oman is a very safe country. The Omani people and the police care for their country and for those that visit. Knock for their warm welcome with coffee and dates, and frankincense in the air. Of course, in order to have the smoothest visit, you should make sure that you have all of your paperwork in order like your evisa Oman, travel insurance, passport and copies of all of your travel documents too.
Oman is a super sunny country in almost all seasons. Try to pack light, colourful clothing to help you manage the humidity and the temperature that you are likely to discover. A great tip if you would prefer to have it a little less hot is head to Salalah. You are more likely to have warm summer rain there.